By Joe Barkovich, Scribbler-at-large
The inaugural Tribune Basketball Tournament was big news in Welland back in April, 1955.
It was played Friday, April 15 and Saturday, April 16 in the Welland-Crowland Arena on King Street.
Eight high school teams took part. Here’s the opening round matchups as they were played Friday evening:
6 p.m. Linwell High vs Ridgeway;
7:15 p.m. Beamsville vs Pelham High;
8:30 p.m. Notre Dame vs Port Colborne;
9:45 p.m. Welland High vs Fort Erie.
Linwell High from Thorold, Beamsville, Notre Dame and Welland High won their opening games.
The tournament was accorded good advance coverage by the newspaper. An entire page was devoted to eight team photos, with info about the tournament, ticket prices, venues and schedule of opening games filling in the white space.
An image of the full-page advance coverage appears above this story. The teams in the photo are, clockwise from top left, Welland High, Fort Erie, Linwell High, Beamsville, Port Colborne, Notre Dame, Ridgeway and Pelham.
Welland High defeated Linwell to win the championship and Pelham High beat Port Colborne to win the consolation championship.
The 60th anniversary tournament is being held in January: Wednesday, Jan. 7 through Saturday, Jan. 10, 2015.The tournament is sponsored by Niagara College.
(A former reporter and city editor, Joe Barkovich lives in his hometown of Welland, Ontario, Canada’s Rose City.)